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Improve your English for Academic Purposes

The Intensive English Program is designed for international college students who want to improve their academic English language skills among a dynamic, diverse group of students. This summer, develop the skills, fluency, and confidence you need to communicate effectively in English. You will improve your overall abilities in both spoken and written English, as well as your understanding of the cultural diversity in the U.S.

You can expect to improve your English in the following ways: 

  • communicate more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • improve your written English
  • expand your vocabulary
  • improve your understanding of grammar
  • socialize and network with greater confidence

At the beginning of the program, students take an English Placement Exam to determine their levels and are placed in class with students of a similar level.

Date: Program Dates: Session B, July 1 - August 2, 2019

Application Opens: January 3, 2019

Application Deadline: May 20, 2019

Intensive English Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
Academic Reading and Writing MTWTHF 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Academic Speaking and Listening MTWTHF 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Academic Elective M/W 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Experiential Elective T/TH 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Evening Elective T/TH 7:00 - 8:30 pm

*Individual schedules may vary. This is for reference only.

Intensive English Courses

Core classes meet Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. 

Morning Class​es 

Academic Reading and Writing
  • Read, discuss and write about dynamic issues
  • Create projects with international colleagues
  • Investigate U.S. cultures
  • Develop critical reading and writing skills
  • Improve revising and editing skills
  • Increase your reading comprehension and analytical skills
  • Study literature and learn to write critically about it
Academic Speaking and Listening
  • Participate effectively in academic discussions and presentations
  • Expand your knowledge through presentations and videos
  • Practice American English pronunciation
  • Conduct oral presentations on topics of interest

Afternoon & Evening Elective Classes

Elective classes are designed to be engaging, student-centered and participatory. The courses help you improve your English language skills while learning about a unique aspect of American culture.

Sample Elective classes:
  • TOEFL Preparation - Practice for the TOEFL
  • Pronunciation -  Practice American English pronunciation
  • American Idioms and Pronunciation
  • Society Today
  • Video Production Workshop
  • Business Games
  • Sports in the USA

Link: Click here for the 2018 elective class descriptions. Summer 2019 electives will be available soon.

Tuition and Fees

Item Amount
Tuition - Intensive English Program $4,600
Application Fee (nonrefundable) $75
Visa Processing Fee $100
Medical insurance fee for 5 weeks, estimated $75

For other fees and residential costs, please visit our Tuition and Fees page. All tuition and fees, including room and meal charges, must be paid in full three weeks before the program begins (by June 10, 2019).

Financial Assistance

Yale Summer Session only offers financial assistance to Yale College students. Financial assistance is not available for visiting students at this time. Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institutions to discuss their options for financial assistance.